How to apply

Complete the online application at Note that you will submit your statement of purpose electronically, as part of the application. Also, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of the individuals you have asked to write letters of recommendation for you. They will be notified with instructions for submitting recommendation letters. Letters are not accepted by mail.

Pay the fee ($65 for US applicants; $90 for international applicants). Your application will then load into the system in 1-2 working days, and you will be able to claim your EID and upload supporting documents, such as your resume and writing sample.

See the instructions for submitting a transcript.

After your online application has loaded into the system, you must upload the following documents via MyStatus, the online status check.


Statement of purpose for Ph.D. and master’s R&T students 

Write a 500-word statement of purpose about your research interests, how your professional experience ties in with that, and which faculty members you would like to study with. Tell us why are you interested in getting a research and theory degree, and what do you intend to do with it. Our programs are designed for full-time students. If you would like to be considered for admission on a part-time basis, please indicate that in your Statement of Purpose.

Statement of purpose for professional and master's students

A 500-word minimum statement of your intended career goals. If you know it, please describe the job you would like to attain when you graduate from the UT School of Journalism. Where do you want to work? Where do you want to be published? Your answer will help us help you achieve your ideal job (examples: foreign correspondent, arts writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, social media director for The Huffington Post,) If you do not have a specific professional goal, please describe the beats, topics or areas of expertise you plan to concentrate on while in school (examples: Sports journalism with an emphasis on large college programs; human justice journalism with an emphasis on refugees). Our programs are designed for full-time students. If you would like to be considered for admission on a part-time basis, please indicate that in your Statement of Purpose. 

Writing samples are required for doctoral applicants. 

Doctoral applicants should submit a copy of thesis chapters or such other research as conference papers or journal articles.

Writing samples are optional for master's applicants but are strongly encouraged. 

Master's applicants typically submit a research paper (R&T tracks) or three to five published articles (professional and tracks).

Visual storytelling portfolio. 

Students interested in visual storytelling are strongly encouraged to submit a sample of their work. Upload a portfolio of your work–images, video, web designs, etc.–as a miscellaneous admissions document via the supplemental documents upload page. For portfolios of still or video images, upload 20 to 24 images in a PDF document. We are interested in images that deal with people and show your storytelling skills, rather than vacation-type images. The ideal portfolio would be your best work. Be sure to supply caption material for all images. See our tips for preparing your application.

Admissions changes due to COVID-19

The official GRE test scores are not required for fall 2022. Continue to check our website for details.

For this year only (Fall 2022 admission), we are suspending the GRE requirement for our admissions processing. We understand the COVID-19 situation has complicated this testing procedure in many locations. You are welcome to submit the scores if you have them. The GRE requirement may take 72 hours to be removed from MyStatus; there is no reason to reach out in the interim. Our applicant evaluation process is holistic and will consider all components of your application materials. If you opt to submit scores, they must be sent from the testing agency to the University. The code for The University of Texas at Austin is 6882. International applicants must submit the required, official TOEFL or IELTS score. View more information on GRE and TOEFL scores.